Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds Converting to 100% Reservable With

Mark Twain Lake
Published May 5, 2020

Mark Twain Lake, May 5, 2020 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake will implement changes to the camping policy to protect the health, safety and security of the public and USACE employees. Changes include how visitors will reserve and pay for campsites.  When the Ray Behrens and Indian Creek campgrounds are reopened (dates to be determined) they will be 100% reservable only, there will no longer be any first-come first-serve sites and payment must be by credit or debit card in advance of your stay.  This change to 100% reservable sites is to provide increased public access to Mark Twain Lake in a manner that is consistent with CDC guidelines and recommended practices in fighting COVID-19. 

How to Reserve: Reservations are accepted up to six months in advance by telephoning the Recreation.Gov toll free number at 877-444-6777, TDD 877-833-6777, or on the internet at  Reservations must be made 2 days in advance of your weekend stay (Friday-Sunday) and can be made the same day for Monday through Thursday stays.  Previously first-come first-serve sites are Ray Behrens sites 1A-47B and Indian Creek sites 1-95.  For same day reservations you must reserve your campsite through the reservation service prior to setting up on the site, Gate Attendants will not be available to make reservations.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and commitment to maintaining social distancing protocols while enjoying Mark Twain Lake as we work through these unprecedented issues together.  Additional information on modifications, closures, openings or other restrictions related to USACE facilities at Mark Twain Lake will be announced as these situations are reevaluated.

For more information, call the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097, follow us on Facebook at Mark Twain Lake - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or email us at  The established dates are subject to change based upon overcrowding that prevents social distancing and any applicable federal, state and county advisories and guidance.

Mark Twain Lake
20642 Hwy J, Monroe City, MO 63456

Release no. 20-017